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Hara Xirou
Head of Athens Office
I work on EU policy projects relating to waste management and producer responsibility under the Circular Economy Framework. I’m particularly interested in how stakeholders behave with policy changes. I love spending time by the seaside and enjoy art.

Hara is an expert researcher and policy developer, experienced in delivering EU, national and regional projects on resource efficiency and sustainability.

She has regularly engaged with EU key decision makers in the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, industry associations, consultancies and NGOs. She has coordinated various EU programmes and activities, including on waste management, climate change and sustainable procurement and is an expert communicator on the protection and sustainable use of natural resources, whether through reports, workshops or the delivery of training.


Recent Experience

Hara’s most recent work has concerned sustainable packaging, extended producer responsibility and resource efficiency. She assisted on the preparation of technical notes and position papers on waste and packaging-related EU Directives, and on the sustainable sourcing and life cycle of packaging. She has also carried out stakeholder advocacy mapping on packaging and packaging waste, sustainable food and renewable resources, and provided technical support to Tetra Pak’s global and European environment advocacy activities on climate legislative issues.

She has secured and managed several European programmes on waste management and climate change including ‘Regions for Recycling’ (Interreg IVC), the ‘European Extended Producer Responsibility Club’ and ‘Local Government Action’ (IEE), and coordinated the European Observatory on Municipal Waste Performance.

Hara also delivered the Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code, coordinated the ‘Recycle at Work’ WRAP programme and developed local waste management projects with the West and North London Waste Authorities.


Career History

Hara joined Eunomia in July 2014, having previously worked with Tetra Pak International in Brussels on the coordination and monitoring of EU environmental policy activities. She has also worked as a project manager at ACR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management), and as an environmental consultant at LRS Consultancy in London. Hara holds an MSc on Environmental Science and Technology from Imperial College and is a LEAD Fellow of the LEAD International Network.